Climate Change Lesson Plans
These interactive lesson plans and activities are open to everyone, with a focus on students, formal educators, and informal educators to increase climate and environmental literacy. These activities will help students gain a better understanding of climate change, the impacts, and more.
Help Nemo Find His Home!
This lesson focuses on understanding the impacts of ocean acidification on the olfactory senses of clownfish. Students will be able to define ocean acidification and understand how specific species such as the clownfish may be affected by the increasing acidity of the ocean.
In this lesson students will explore the effects of acidic oceans on certain marine organisms, in the ocean food web, and to humans. Students will conduct a science experiment using the scientific method to see the effects of increased acidity on certain species. They will also investigate the causes for increased ocean acidity and discuss ways to minimize the impact as an individual and as a society.
Whale Jenga: A Food Web Game
Students will use the game Jenga to learn about the marine food web and how small changes in the food web can have large effects on other organisms.
Climate Resilience in Your Community Activity Book
Through this activity book, we hope students learn more about your community and how they can make a difference to increase community resilience to climate change and extreme weather events. Making communities more resilient requires all of us working together. As first steps, it is important to learn what resilience means and then explore your own community and its resources and potential areas for improvement.
The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries education mission is to inspire ocean and climate literacy and conservation through national marine sanctuaries. Education programs connect students, teachers, users, visitors, and the public to a variety of programs and products that bring the underwater world of sanctuaries to the masses.
In many parts of the United States, you might change your wardrobe with the seasons, grabbing a heavy coat in winter, while wearing only a light T-shirt in summer. Although ecosystems, plants, and animals cannot adjust their attire quite so easily, they have evolved to make changes that help them survive seasonal conditions caused by the rotation of the Earth around the sun.
The Incredible Carbon Journey
This activity is a way to compare the carbon cycle before the industrial revolution with the carbon cycle after humans began burning large quantities of fossil fuels. This is a great way to communicate important ideas about climate science and the carbon cycle.